Another Pathway to ParenthoodAs you explore ways to become a parent or expand your family, there is another option to consider. Embryo adoption gives Ohio families another path to parenthood. Choosing Hope Adoption has the information and resources you need to learn more about this option.
What is Embryo Adoption?
If your first question was, “What’s embryo adoption?” you’re not alone. While it bears similarities with traditional adoption (a parent/parents intend to raise the child as their own), there are some important differences.
- The embryo is “donated” by parents who no longer need or want to use them. Since the child from the donated embryo is born into the family, there is no formal adoption process as there would be with a full-term baby or child.
- There are no formal adoption laws that cover embryo adoption: contract (ownership) law takes precedence since the embryo is considered the property of the recipient family once it’s transferred.
- An embryo adoption allows a woman to experience pregnancy and childbirth.
- The prospective parent/s has more control over the prenatal care and development of the child.
- Adoptive parents of an embryo can experience bonding with their child from the beginning of the pregnancy instead of waiting until after birth.
- Embryo adoption gives women who have delayed starting a family an option. Women in their 40s and 50s may be able to adopt an embryo and give birth.
How Does it Differ from Using an Egg Donor?
There are fundamental differences between embryo adoption vs. egg donor. Couples may use an egg donor and fertilize the egg with the male partner’s sperm, so the child inherits genetic traits directly from one of its parents. With an embryo, the egg is already fertilized and inherits the egg and sperm donors’ genetic material.
Like egg donation, adoptive parents can review embryo donor profiles to learn about the donors’ medical and social backgrounds.
Since embryos are fertilized from the donors’ previous In-Vitro Fertilization (IVF) cycles, they’re tested for potential development and medical issues and are ready to be implanted. Compared to egg donation, embryo adoption takes less time and can save adoptive parents thousands of dollars.